Harker's 2nds Fight Back For Great Start To Season
Pre-match Storm Fails to Dampen Malvern Spirit
Malvern 2nd XV had their first run out of the season on Saturday against local rivals Evesham 2nd's. With large numbers of players training and a big squad to chose from the match was eagerly awaited. Players being aware that Director of Rugby has made a clear commitment to those that are playing well will be fighting for a 1st team berth.
The game in the first half was very much a close battle which Evesham edged with two good converted tries to Malvern's single unconverted try.
The second half was all Malvern however with three Malvern tries to give a four try bonus win.
Tries for Smith, Brainwood, Wills and Stockwell were just reward from a game that Malvern tried to play with precision. Whilst this wasn't always achieved Malvern's passion and determination ensured that whilst looking down at half time they were able to turn the game around.
2nd team manager Rob Harker said "The lads played really well and I was proud of the way they stuck at it."
Credit to a hard working Evesham who played their part in a good natured local derby.
There was a clear winner for 'Dick of the Day' as Prop Rees Dyke from 10 metres out needing to just pass to the flying ( moving quite quickly) Dave Smith for a nailed on score, he decided with no skill or practice to try a grubber kick, yes it was as dim and skill less as it sounds, the ball running into touch.
Wait though, just as the award was due to be given in the post match huddle a player was missing, a glance to the touch line meant that Rees was relieved of the prize, as there was fellow front row Ash Budding stood in full view of the whole team full on snogging his girlfriend. Club Chairman and prop John Holden in absolute disbelief has asked that such behaviour is now outlawed in the club constitution. Ash you won the 'Dick of the Day'.
Finally special mention to referee Melissa Wright who allowed the game to ebb and flow, always being up with play and communicating well with the players. Whilst female referees in the male game are still a rarity, it is easy to highlight this factor, far more important whether male or female is the standard of refereeing, this was of a very good standard.
C'mon the Vern